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♦TROOP SHIPPING♦

 

Click here to download Donation letter PDF

The American Legion Auxiliary sends shipments to our troops over seas in Afghanistan and Iraq.  All items can be dropped off in the beautiful wooden box located next to the Honor MIA table. A cash donation box is located to the right of it (see photo above).

♦Money♦

It cost quite a bit to ship items, so any donations would be greatly appreciated. Each box costs approximately $16 to send.

Please make checks payable to the American Legion Auxiliary and reference “Iraq/Afghanistan Troop packages.” Thank you.

♦Personal Use Items♦

Baby Wipes (no scent), Pillows (Travel size w/case), Light Throws, Bug Repellent, Air Freshener (non-aerosol), Deodorant, Camp Showers, Boot Powder, Boot Insoles, Mouth Wash, Floss, Shampoo, Green, Grey or Black Socks/T-shirts, Soap, Nail Clippers, Cold Medicine, Hand Mirrors, Lotion, Boot Laces, Chapstick,Toothpaste, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Razors/shaving cream. NO aerosol cans are safe to ship.

Please no hotel toiletries--we have had problem with leaking which makes the food taste a little odd. 

Please no books or magazines--too heavy to ship. Thanks!

♦Entertainment/Miscellaneous Items♦

Flashlights, Map pens, Pens/pencils, Postage Stamps, playing cards, Frisbees, greeting cards, small games, word search, cross word puzzles.  NO batteries are safe to ship.

♦Food Items♦

Coffee packs (instant), Coffee, Creamer, Power bars, beef jerky, sausage sticks, trail mix, sunflower seeds, cookies, crackers, licorice, small popcorn packets, pop-top canned fruit, nuts, candy (not meltables), just-add-water soup, hot sauce/salsa, snack foods, Can tuna/crab/salmon/shrimp/oysters,Powdered Gatorade/Kool Aid/ Crystal light

♦Don't forget the K9 Troops--woof♦

Dry dog food, Dog Snacks, Dog Toys, Pet Shampoo

♦Prohibited Items

Pork and pork by-products, Bulk religious material contrary to Islam Obscene materials, nude/semi-nude magazines (ie: Playboy), Drugs/Alcohol Weapons/Ammo/Firearms/Lighters, Cigars, Perishables items/Foods that will melt, Aerosol cans, batteries. Any personal information such as SSN, Legal Documents, etc.

 

 

  • Advice on writing a letter to a Soldier...
     
    • Avoid politics.
    • Don't ask their opinion on the war.
    • Don't ask about what's going on.
    • Don't ask if they've killed anyone.
    • Don't say it is a vacation - obviously deployments are not, but a three or four month TDY* isn't a vacation either when the Soldier is alone.
    • Definitely do not say how wonderful it will be to miss out on the responsibilities of my wife, kids, or the home. I personally hate this comment with a passion, yet hear it all the time. A Soldier, at least male soldiers - or at least me - need to know they are needed. Helping with the kids, encouraging my wife both emotionally and spiritually, whether in person, on a phone, email, letter or webcam, makes me needed. For me this is likely my number one issue.
    • Don't expect a response. As much as they would like to respond and thank you for your kindness, you must remember they are in a combat zone and that they most likely will not get a chance to write back.
    • Don't include loose glitter or confetti.
    • It could take 2 -3 weeks for your card or letter to arrive. Keep this in mind when sending cards for specific holidays.
    • Note specific letter-writing requirements by some organizations. For example, some organizations prefer that you don't include return contact information or photos.
    • Do not send cards and letters addressed "A Recovering American Soldier" or "Any Wounded Soldier" care of Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC). If you would like to send cards and letters to wounded service members, please visit this LINK for a listing of organizations that will distribute them on your behalf.
    • Do not send cards and letters addressed "Any Service Member" or "Any Wounded Service Member" -
      the US Postal Service will not accept these.

 

 


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